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4 Mar 2024


Over the next 6 months roadworks to the west of Priston may well affect you. This work is in connection with the new solar farm at Marksbury Plain. Chronologically these roadworks will be:

  • 11-27 March: Along the A39 from The New Inn pub, to the junction between the A39 and Timsbury Road. Night working 7pm to 6am 25-28 March at the A39 Top Lane intersection. Weekend workingg 23-24 march between 0900-1800 on Sat., 1000-1800 on Sun.
  • 1-27 April: Closure of Timsbury Road between A39/Timsbury Road junction, and Timsbury Road/Priston Lane (aka Farmborough Lane) Junction.
  • 22 April-7 June: Closure of Priston Lane (aka Farmborough Lane) between Timsbury Road junction to the entrance of Castle Farm.
  • 8 July-7 August: Along Priston Lane (aka farmbrough Lance) between the Timsbury Road junction to Conygre Brook. These works are schedules to take place under temporary signals/lights.
See Roadworks Map for details of current/future local roadworks.
26 Mar 2024


B&NES are running a consultation on long term development plans/potential for the area from February 12th to April 16th.

Specific areas of interest for Priston:

The Parish Council met on 25 March 2024 to agree its response to the consultation (see Minutes). The comments made are contained in the following documents:

See the B&NES Local Plan webpage and the Local Plan Options Consultation documents for more info.

29 Aug 2022


Grants are available towards the cost of books or equipment for those living in PRISTON who have left school and are starting university or vocational training. These are available for three years for each individual.

Please apply with details to:
Ruth Summers
Manor Cottage, Priston, Bath BA2 9EH
Tel: 07989 828503

26 May 2022


Hemlock is reappearing in the lanes and fields around Priston.

It is very poisonous, and there was a previous serious case of suspected hemlock poisoning where a villager was clearing hemlock with a scythe - fortunately no harm was done.

Hemlock looks similar to Cow Parsley, grows up to 5-8ft tall, and flowers from June to July. It can be distinguished by the brown/purplish speckles and streaks on its hairless green hollow stems.

Do take care if clearing hemlock. Wear protective clothing and do not burn the plant. Place them in a plastic bag and place in your bin.

Hemlock Water Dropwort

Hemlock Water Dropwort is distinct from Hemlock, and is regarded as the most poisonous native plant in the British Isles. It is dangerous to both humans and livestock.

It grows about 1.5m tall with white flowers from June to July arranged in white umbels, similar to Cow Parsley. Brown, rugby-shaped seeds follow the flowers. Its leaves resemble those of celery or parsley. The stems are shiny green, hairless, grooved and hollow. The highly poisonous roots when exposed are pale yellow-white tubers that strongly resemble parsnips. The whole of the plant is poisonous. The plant is common in or immediately next to streams and rivers.

Protective clothing should be worn when clearing the plant. It may be burnt. Livestock should be excluded from areas where it is being cleared.

See the photos of Hemlock on the Priston Web.

See the descriptions of Hemlock and Hemlock Water Dropwort from

27 Jul 2010


Paul Walker and Chris Wheeler of Trowbridge Metal Detecting Club recently found a rare medieval jeton in a Priston field.

The object is a 15th Century Medieval Jeton of France (reign of Charles VI 1380 – 1422 AD).

Jetons were used for early accountancy calculations, before the advent of arabic numerals and to cope with the complexity of multiple money types circulating  at any one time.  They were used on a board divided into rows and columns hence the expression "Exchequer" because of the resemblance to a chess board.
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(Thanks to Aylet Anderson for providing this information item.)